When you take a music course at The Manchester College, you’ll be taught by a team that doesn’t just talk the talk but has actually walked the walk. With experience that spans decades, and touches almost every corner of the music industry, your tutors still maintain close industry links that keep us at the cutting edge of the sectors latest developments.
Stuart Steen - Assistant Principal
Stuart is Assistant Principal for the Creative Industries department which includes Creative and Digital Media, Music, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. He is passionate about developing staff and students and their ability to become successful in whatever they do. He manages a team of experts across the Creative Industries department that are experts in their field and focused on ensuring our students develop the best possible knowledge and skills to equip and prepare them for their chosen career.
Lucy Oldham - Head of Department
Lucy has been working in arts education for 16 years, first as teacher then curriculum manager. She started life as an actress and singer with 10 years touring and rep theatre which took her far and wide.
She fell in love with working with young people through that time and has specialist experience of working with students who find traditional educational environments a challenge.
Lucy is focused on ensuring equity and equality of opportunities within the Performing Arts and Music for all the communities of Greater Manchester and is dedicated to championing young artists and enabling them to forge their way in the industry.
Kerry Kawai - Department Team Leader
Kerry has worked for the college for 17 years in Performing Arts and still directs and produces shows in and around the North West and worked as an actor for 10 years prior to this. She spent some time producing successful club nights in London alongside a team of creatives and did a lot of promotional work
Steve Smith - Team Leader, Further Education
Steve has worked on several projects throughout his career as a freelance sound designer and computer games composer, as a studio sound engineer and an events manager working in partnership in the live sound festival circuit for the communities of Manchester. Steve has also released music close to his heart that is Jungle / DnB and cannot pass a set of decks without “having a go”.
Paul Beevers - Tutor
Paul specialises in guitar and performance. He has been involved in the Lancaster music scene for longer than he cares to remember, and has played in various bands over the years at festivals across Europe.
Paul currently plays numerous gigs each year as guitarist and bouzouki player in North West-based ceilidh band Price of My Pig.
Rosie Fortune - Tutor
Rosie has worked at the college for over 10 years and specialises in vocal technique and group performance.
She brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the classroom where she shares her first hand and current experience of the music industry with learners. She is an accomplished vocalist who performs regularly with funk, soul and disco band, Dreamer, playing floor fillers from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s at major venues across the North West. Rosie continues to attend courses and masterclasses, ensuring she is best placed to teach and coach vocalists to ensure they stand out from the crowd.
Lee Gizon - Tutor
Lee has over 25 years of experience playing and recording in live bands all over Europe, including established acts such as Muse, Arctic Monkeys and the 1975.
His music and videos have been played all over the world most recently on Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio Lancashire and MTV2.
As well as teaching Music Performance and Technology, he is still recording and performing all over the UK.
Mark McKinley - Tutor
Mark started his DJing career at the age of 15 playing venues such as Sequins, Fantazia, Mythology and the legendary Hacienda, where he won the North West DMC DJ Championships. He’s also DJ’d across the world in Malia, Ibiza, Brussels and in the US as well as at Glastonbury.
Mark has produced his own music with his DJ group, The Mix Factory, who charted in the UK singles chart and also gained success in the American charts.
Josef Ward - Tutor
Josef plays trumpet and keyboards and has performed with professional bands and artists such as Sam Lee, Aim, Mr Scruff, Roy Ayres and many more, both in the studio and on tour.
He has performed at many professional venues and festivals including Glastonbury Festival, Fuji Rock Festival (Japan), Ronnie Scotts and at Maida Vale for the John Peel Show on Radio 1.
He also specialises in music production and has released albums and remixes, and he continues to work in the studio creating original music.
Mak Dawson - Tutor
After graduating our Music Performance course in 2013, Mak is returning with a specialism in popular music songwriting. Mak has been working and performing with established touring acts around the UK and Europe including stages at major UK festivals.
Mak has also taken various roles in the music industry in Manchester, London and Leeds, and is now working to produce brand new records from upcoming bands here in Manchester.
Chris Thomas - Tutor
Chris is a soulful DJ, electronic musician and artist from Bradford who has been providing music to the jazz, soul, house and funk crowd for several years. Chris enjoys making and selecting exciting and danceable music which can keep people moving all night. He is also an avid vinyl collector with thousands of records, as well as large digital music collections.
Jordan Peacock - Tutor
Jordan started out as a DJ in 2011, entering both the DMC and IDA DJ championships and since 2015 has won 7 national finals in various categories. Doing this has allowed him to work with the DJ equipment brand RANE as a RANE artist and he has been a beta tester for Numark. Jordan has been working in education since 2017 in different settings and is still actively working in the music industry through DJing, performing live sets and releasing his own music.
Tom Burford - Tutor
Tom specialises in music production, DJing and live electronic performance. As an artist Tom has released music on record labels including Rhythm Section International, Shall Not Fade and Band on the Wall, as well as remixing artists such as Azymuth’s Ivan Conti, and being remixed by the likes of Ross From Friends.
Tom has toured around Japan, Europe and East Africa, performing at venues and festivals including Nyege Nyege, The Warehouse Project and London’s Royal Albert Hall. Tom also holds down a long-standing residency on NTS radio.
Richard Walker - Tutor
Richard Walker is a music producer and songwriter specialising in rap, drill, R&B and Afrobeats. He has had success in the industry securing several tracks with Universal Music and Warner Brothers which have been aired globally on shows like Sky Sports, Channel 4 and the BBC. Richard also has a degree in Music Technology and a PGCE qualification.